College Students with TBI Need to Learn How They Learn Best
[Dr. Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa] The environment in college now is one of confidentiality. When I taught in the university, only those teens who approached me did I know that they needed modifications. Everything was kept in confidence about what they needed, and I had to make sure as an instructor that I provided them the time, that I wasn't showcasing the fact that they needed modifications. I had to plan in advance. So there's a lot about confidentiality by going to the disability office. With that said, that is the only mechanism that you can get any type of instructional modification, time modification—that's the only way to do it. College is different in that it's a little bit more rigorous, so the option is you keep up with the rigor or you don't stay in college. So you need to do whatever you can to help you keep up with that. I used to do things that weren't out of the disability office for my students, like encourage study groups, so there were sometimes teens who came up to me at the end of the course and said, "Thank you for doing that because that wasn't part of my disability plan, but it was really helpful." And I said, "Now you've learned something that can help you. Maybe the disability office can help you look for professors that have that same teaching style." So it's not just getting the time. It's really helping the student to learn what they need to do to learn and get what they need to learn. So my advice to college students is know what you need to do to learn and access all your resources to help you learn in college so that you'll graduate and get a job.
To succeed in college, students with TBI need to learn what specifically they need in order to do well academically and then get those accommodations through their professors or disability services.
Posted on BrainLine July 2, 2013.
Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Justin Rhodes, and Lara Collins, BrainLine.